Google’s latest Android 15 developer preview is now available

Google’s second developer preview for Android 15 has arrived, bringing long-awaited support for satellite connectivity alongside several improvements to contactless payments, multi-language recognition, volume consistency, and interaction with PDFs via apps.

These developer-focused betas are a proving ground for features that will likely make it into the final public release scheduled for later this year. According to Google, public beta releases should be available to test between April and July.

Here’s Google’s release timeline for Android 15, which may see a full release between August and October this year.
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The latest developer preview addresses some nuisances and security concerns experienced by Android users, such as making apps more aware of why some services might be unavailable when devices are using a satellite connection. This is also the first official confirmation that Android 15 will come with satellite messaging, with Google’s press release saying that the new preview includes support for “preloaded RCS applications to use satellite connectivity for sending and receiving messages.”

Android 15 should make it clearer when satellite connectivity is enabled and potentially limiting some app functions.
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Support for screen recording detection is being introduced for apps that enable them to notify users if their activity is being recorded. The reliability of one-tap contactless payments is also being improved for apps that use NFC, and the multi-language audio recognition introduced in Android 14 is being refined to avoid words being dropped when the user switches between languages.

Small cover screens on flip phones should also become more useful as developers gain direct access to more ways of interacting with them, while support for a new CTA-2075 loudness standard should help Android users avoid having to adjust inconsistent volume when switching between content. And finally, Google is making “substantial improvements” to PDF features in apps,

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The first Android 15 preview is coming this week

According to a public-facing comment, Google is set to launch its first preview of Android 15 later this week.

In a comment posted to the Android Open Source Project on Tuesday morning, a Google developer said that the first preview of Android 15 is “scheduled for” this Thursday, February 15, 2024. The developer calls it “Android V,” which refers to the release’s internal dessert codename, “Vanilla Ice Cream.”

Maybe makes sense to wait until Android V will be available? Its first Developer preview is scheduled for Feb 15

If the timing holds, the first Android 15 Developer Preview will arrive just over a week after the launch of Android 14 QPR3 Beta 1. Somewhat notably, Android 15’s first preview is arriving later than last year’s preview, which was released on February 8, 2023. By comparison, though, Android 13’s second quarterly update was still being tested at the time.

It’s safe to assume that only Pixel devices will be eligible for the Android 15 Developer Preview, as was the case in years past. Those enrolled for beta updates will likely stay on Android 14 for the time being, as “Developer Preview” releases are typically less stable and not ready for public use.

This Android 15 Developer Preview should afford our first solid look at what to expect from the next annual release of Google’s mobile OS. That said, we have gotten quite a few hints over the last year in the form of features that our APK Insight team has found/enabled that Google has yet to launch. Chief among these is the “Private Space” feature that will allow you to hide and lock certain apps from appearing in your app list.

What do you want to see from the Android 15 Developer Preview? Do you plan to install it or wait

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Google may release the first Android 15 preview very soon

What you need to know

  • Google is set to release the first Android 15 Developer Preview this week, according to a comment on the Android Open Source Project.
  • The developer refers to the next version of Android as “Android V,” referencing the Vanilla Ice Cream internal codename.
  • The release is set for Thursday, Feb. 15, the developer’s comment states.

Google will release the first preview of Android 15 this week, according to a public comment from a Google developer on the Android Open Source Project. The comment, first spotted by 9to5Google, names Feb. 15 as the launch date for the initial Android 15 Developer Preview. 

The developer refers to the software update as Android V, likely referencing Google’s internal codename for Android 15. The company assigns a dessert codename to each Android update, and the one for Android 15 is Vanilla Ice Cream. 

“Maybe makes sense to wait until Android V will be available,” the Google developer asked in the comment. “Its first Developer preview is scheduled for Feb 15.”

If the developer’s comment proves to be accurate, the first Android 15 Developer Preview will be released this Thursday. The preview will give us a better look at many of the Android 15 features that have been discovered or rumored already. Like all developer versions of software, the Android 15 Developer Preview is expected to be fairly unstable compared to publicly released versions of Android. 

The release of the Android 15 Developer Preview on Thursday will follow closely after Android 14 QPR3 Beta 1 last week. That update notably brought Circle to Search to Pixel 8 series owners after a mistake caused stable release users to get the feature before beta testers. Android 14 QPR3 Beta 1 also previewed the June Pixel Feature Drop, which will bring a bunch

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An early Google Chrome Web Store preview shows a ‘modern’ redesign

What you need to know

  • Google opens its door on a preview for the Chrome Web Store redesign, bringing an aesthetic similar to the Play Store.
  • While the main page removes the category sidebar, the preview’s “extensions” and “themes” pages bring it back.
  • Google hasn’t stated a timeframe for its official arrival, however, it’s looking to users and developers for feedback before doing so.

Google is working on revamping the design of its Chrome Web Store, and an early preview gives us a look at what’s to come. As spotted by 9to5Google, the new Chrome Web Store redesign is pretty similar, aesthetically, to the Play Store on mobile and desktop. The easiest to spot change is how the new Web Store fills the view of a PC’s monitor horizontally, doing away with the category sidebar.

Instead, right beneath the initial side-scrolling rotating list of extension highlights, users can find “top categories.” The page then recommends extensions based on your habits with others following the further down you go.

Hopping over into the “extensions” and “themes” pages quickly brings back that old sidebar full of categories. On these pages, Chrome’s new Web Store lists broader categories with sub-categories directly below so users can click on exactly what they’re looking for from the get-go.

Both pages offer recommendations that you may be interested in. However, unlike the extensions page, which offers a “you might like” section, the themes page forgoes such a section.

Much of the design choices made for the Chrome Web Store’s upcoming redesign are pretty standard (now) for Google. Much of it fits the theme of its Material You design language, with rounded corner boxes to boot.

9to5 also mentions a Google

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The new Bing preview encounter arrives on Bing and Edge Cellular applications introducing Bing now in Skype

Two months in the past, we released the earth to the all new AI-powered Bing and Microsoft Edge — your copilot for the net. Because then, dependent on potent and favourable products feed-back and engagement, we have welcomed far more than one particular million people in 169 nations off the waitlist into the preview.  We continue to increase the preview to more people every working day. Our preview community is actively using the breadth of new options throughout Lookup, Answers, Chat and Creation with total engagement up noticeably. Feed-back on the new abilities is favourable, with 71% of testers providing the new Bing a “thumbs up” on the new research and solutions capabilities. We’re even much more enthusiastic about the breadth of comments we are acquiring on the place and how we can strengthen and we are performing on it with common updates.

We’re observing some appealing use circumstances and queries in preview screening. I a short while ago acquired about a father displaying his son the new Bing, and with each other they found out and made in a way not conveniently carried out with today’s research engines. They started off by making sci-fi tales applying uncomplicated prompts in chat, inevitably main to the growth of a movie sport thought in which Bing not only served generate a plot, but also created the code to enter straight into Scratch – a visual programming instrument. In just a number of queries, they captured the marvel and potential of the new Bing and Edge. We are listening to quite a few related tales on how the new Bing is assisting people today find and produce in methods formerly not achievable.

Indicator up for the new Bing and Edge cell apps

In this spirit of understanding and continuing to establish new

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Android 14 Preview 1 is out, will formally ban set up of aged apps

Android 14 has this lovely mission patch logo.
Enlarge / Android 14 has this attractive mission patch emblem.

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Android 14 is here—or the initial preview is, at minimum.

Google is kicking off the months-extended developer preview method for Android’s most current version, which will get a remaining launch in the 2nd fifty percent of the 12 months. Even with multiple previews, Google likes to keep the ultimate set of Android characteristics beneath wraps at the very least till its I/O conference in Might, so we can’t appear at the functions here to ascertain the scope of Android 14. These are just some of the features Google would like builders to have a head start off on.

The biggest news is that Android 14 will block the installation of aged Android applications. As Android changes around the a long time, new APIs and increased security, privacy, or history processing limits could crack outdated applications, but Android’s backward-compatibility system retains these previous applications operating. Applications can declare the newest version of Android they guidance by means of a “Goal SDK” flag.

To prevent aged applications from breaking, new characteristics and application restrictions in, say, Android 12 only utilize to applications that concentrate on Android 12 or over. More mature applications will keep on to operate with the older established of constraints they are applied to. (A diverse location, termed “Minimum SDK,” establishes if a new application can operate on an outdated Android OS.) The technique functions terrific for sincere builders, but if you might be setting up a piece of malware, it is an effortless determination to focus on a incredibly previous model of Android. When you’ll get obtain to much less functions, you can also be subject matter to less security and privacy limits.

For the very first time, Android 14 will near this malware loophole by

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